Pronunciation, intelligibility and lexis

Andy Kirkpatrick

in English as a Lingua Franca in Asean

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028795
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206922 | DOI:

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Pronunciation, intelligibility and lexis

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This chapter describes a selection of the phonological and lexical features of English-language speakers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. It discusses phonological features identified in ASEAN English lingua franca speech which appear to be shared by speakers from different countries, and considers the question of mutual and international intelligibility of ASEAN English as a lingua franca. The findings reveal a great degree of phonological variation in the lingua franca English of speakers from ASEAN, including the tendency to avoid the use of reduced vowels and a related tendency towards syllable timing.

Keywords: English language; ASEAN countries; phonological features; lexical features; lingua franca; intelligibility; reduced vowels; syllable timing

Chapter.  7976 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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